PROTECTING THE PUBLIC

Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements in Bedfordshire 2006 - 2007

CONTENTS

Foreword Introduction Key Achievements How the MAPPA Operate Locally Statistical Information Strategic Management Board Contact Information Business Plan 2007-2008

2 3 4 9 14 16 19 20

Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements in Bedfordshire 2006–2007

PAGE 1

1

Foreword

These are the sixth MAPPA annual reports, and the first with a foreword by the Ministry of Justice. I want, first of all, to underline the Government’s continued commitment to these arrangements. Protecting the public from dangerous offenders is a core aim for the new Department. Just as the effectiveness of MAPPA locally depends on the quality of working relationships, we will work with the Home Office, the Police, and others, to develop the best possible framework within which the MAPPA can operate. On 13 June, the Government published a Review of the Protection of Children from Sex Offenders. This sets out a programme of actions which include developing the use of drug treatment for sex offenders and piloting the use of compulsory polygraph testing as a risk management tool, enhancements to the regime operating at Approved Premises, and also a range of actions impacting directly upon the way the MAPPA work. I want to highlight two of them here. Firstly, research tells us that the arrangements are already used successfully to disclose information about dangerous offenders but we think this can be improved upon. MAPPA agencies will be required to consider disclosure in every case. We will pilot a scheme where parents will be able to register a child-protection interest in a named individual with whom they have a

personal relationship and who has regular unsupervised access to their child. If that person has convictions for child sex offences and the child is at risk, there will be a presumption that the offences will be disclosed to the parent. Secondly, as MAPPA has developed over the past 6 years, best practice models have been identified which show that specific roles and approaches are required to ensure it is managed effectively. We are committed to strengthening MAPPA arrangements and ensuring that robust performance management is in place. To achieve this, we intend to introduce new national standards, which will ensure a consistent approach across Areas and we will be making available £1.2 million to support Areas in implementing the standards. We aim to do everything that can reasonably be done to protect people from known, dangerous offenders. We know that there is always room for improvement. I commend this annual report to you as an indication of the commitment, skills and achievements of the professionals, and lay advisers, in managing and monitoring this essential, often difficult area of business.

Maria Eagle MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements in Bedfordshire 2006–2007

PAGE 2

2

Introduction

While it will never be possible to eliminate the risk of re-offending entirely, the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) in Luton and Bedfordshire continue to develop, with greater collaboration both between the three agencies at the forefront of this work in Bedfordshire – police, probation, and the prison service – and with our partner agencies. The Arrangements ensure that the management of the highest risk offenders is given the highest priority. April 2006 saw the creation of the probation service Public Protection Team which manages the small number of cases assessed to be high risk. Staff work intensively with the offenders and with other agencies to ensure that the best possible protection measures are in place to safeguard the public. This specialist probation team is co-located with the Bedfordshire Police Sex Offender Management Team to ensure closer liaison and constant vigilance. Both teams also work alongside the Bedfordshire Probation

Victim Liaison Unit, so that the needs and concerns of victims are always given paramount consideration. Collaboration this year has also embraced working with the newly established Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre, CEOP. This central government agency which specialises in tracking sex offenders nationally and internationally has provided Luton and Bedfordshire with a wealth of operational and intelligence expertise which has been an invaluable resource in overseeing and monitoring those child sex offenders who pose the greatest risk. Violent and sexual offences are crimes that hugely affect the lives of victims and their families, and raise deep concerns in local communities. Only a very small proportion of the total number of offenders dealt with in Bedfordshire pose a risk that merits referral to the MAPPA panels, but the Arrangements continue to ensure that protection of the public is given the highest priority.

Gillian Parker Chief Constable Bedfordshire Police

Ian Blakeman Acting Governor Bedford Prison HM Prison Service

Linda Hennigan Chief Officer National Probation Service Bedfordshire

Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements in Bedfordshire 2006–2007

PAGE 3

3

Key Achievements

MAPPA has continued to be underpinned in Luton and Bedfordshire by a clear commitment of agencies and staff at all levels to share information about offenders both formally at regular review meetings (called Panel meetings), and informally as necessary.
The co-location of the MAPPA co-ordinator and administrator with the Probation Victim Liaison Unit and the Police Sex Offender Management Team continues to facilitate regular – often daily – information exchange, so that information sharing is often immediate. The last 12 months in the life of MAPPA in Bedfordshire has been a busy one, with many challenges and developments, examples of which are outlined below.

VISOR & the Police Sex Offender Management Team
VISOR (Violent and Sex Offenders Register) has been operating in Bedfordshire since 2004 and is a police computerised national intelligence database that records all offenders on the Sex Offender Register. The Bedfordshire Police Sex Offender Management Team (SOMT) is co-located with the MAPPA Public Protection Team and the Bedfordshire Probation Victim Liaison Unit VISOR is used to manage all registered sex offenders locally through home visits and the development of risk management plans, and nationally when offenders move between police force areas. At present VISOR is a police-based database, but an implementation timetable is being developed so that the probation service and the prison service will also have access to VISOR in the future.

The Probation Public Protection Team
Bedfordshire Probation Area has a countywide Public Protection Team (PPT) which was created in April 2006. This team managed a small number of cases which have been assessed to be “high risk” offenders, and they work intensively with these offenders and with other agencies that need to be involved in protecting the public. Additionally, the PPT has access to the services of a trainee forensic psychologist who can assist in providing more detailed assessments and treatment plans for such offenders. This work often starts while the offender is still in prison, so that on release there are already plans in place for the continuation of treatment, or attendance at a suitable programme.

Involvement with CEOP
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre, CEOP, has been working with Bedfordshire MAPPA on a pilot basis, for the last six months.

Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements in Bedfordshire 2006–2007

PAGE 4

Key Achievements - Continued

This newly established central government agency specialises in tracking sex offenders nationally and internationally. CEOP works with the MAPPA Strategic Management Board and with the MAPPA operational panels to assist in overseeing Level Three child sex offenders. CEOP has proved immensely valuable to the MAPPA, as it provides staff with very high levels of specialist operational and intelligence expertise, which are unlikely to be available to all local police forces, and it has access to intelligence resources nationwide. Bedfordshire has therefore been able to access expertise in providing intelligence and information regarding several high risk cases which has helped to build up a profile of an offender and their behaviour and lifestyle, which is often key to ensuring better risk management and protection of the public. (See Case Studies section for an example.)

Approved Premises (Probation Hostels)
Approved Premises, formerly known as probation hostels, provide accommodation together with a structured programme of supervision and monitoring, activities which are aimed at changing the behaviour of the residents and providing enhanced public protection. Probation hostels provide accommodation combined with strict supervision for offenders. This is far safer and more effective than allowing potentially high risk people to live unsupported in the community, and this residential supervision is carried out by the probation service in close co-operation with police. In January 2007, Bedford Approved Premises became an all female facility for the East of England region. The change is one of the measures being taken to meet concerns about the number of women being sent to prison, which has increased over the last decade, and is expected to continue rising in line with an increase in the number of women dealt with by the courts. Statistics show that two thirds of women prisoners enter custody on remand – but more than half of them go on to receive a non-custodial sentence, and research by the Prison Reform Trust has indicated that women are often remanded in custody because of a failure of support within the community.

Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements in Bedfordshire 2006–2007

PAGE 5

Key Achievements - Continued

In addition, a recent Home Office survey showed that 38% of women prisoners had no suitable accommodation on release, and 31% of women prisoners who rented or owned property before custody had lost it while in prison. The changes in accommodation at Bedford Hostel are therefore designed to address these issues, and the hostel will be serving the six counties within the East of England region, as well as taking referrals from further afield. Luton Approved Premises continues to provide a structured environment for a small group of male offenders who benefit from the 24 hour supervision and oversight provided by staff. As the result of a decision made by the Home Office in 2006, a new restriction to the admission of offenders at the Luton premises was introduced, so that no offender convicted of a sexual offence against a child under the age of 16 could be admitted there. As Luton is in close proximity to a nursery, the hostel had operated its own, locally agreed admission restriction for many years, ensuring that no offenders who may have posed a risk to that age group of children were admitted. This extension of the restriction, with limited time for implementation, caused the area some difficulties in securing suitable supervised accommodation for such offenders locally, thus becoming dependent on other Approved Premises for assistance.

As a consequence of this decision, the MAPPA Strategic Management Board wrote a letter to the Home Office Minister to express their concern at the management difficulties such a decision would cause. Whilst the Minister’s office was sympathetic to our difficulties, it was made clear that due consideration had to be given to public perceptions and opinion, to try to strike a difficult balance. It should be noted that since the last MAPPA annual report, no residents within Approved Premises in Bedfordshire have been charged with serious further offences.

Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements in Bedfordshire 2006–2007

PAGE 6

Key Achievements - Continued

New Developments: Bedfordshire Police
Bedfordshire Police has recently incorporated the Sex Offender Management Team into its newly formed force-wide Public Protection Unit (PPU) so that it now benefits from an enlarged management team headed by a Detective Chief Inspector. This, together with an increase in dedicated staffing resources in the Sex Offender Management Team, provides more support to team members and will benefit the MAPPA through faster, easier access to other police resources to assist in risk management plans on a case by case basis.

updates the assessment and, in consultation with a prison-based colleague, prepares a detailed sentence plan. The plan sets out action that needs to be taken during the course of the prison sentence, to address the offender’s behaviour and to protect the public in the future. This may involve a range of interventions - for example, the prisoner may attend an Offending Behaviour Programme and participate in activities aimed at improving skills. This work will continue under the supervision of the probation service when the offender is released on licence. A key benefit of this approach is that the offender manager has oversight of the offender whilst in custody and on release, enabling a continuum of supervision, support and monitoring from the beginning of the sentence at court, through prison, and to the final expiry of the sentence in the community. Future developments: Circles of Support The Strategic Management Board and Bedfordshire Probation Area are very committed to implementing “Circles of Support and Accountability”, and members of the Strategic Management Board have been working to identify funding that will enable a “Circle” to be established locally within the next 12 months. This will represent a valuable addition to

New Developments: End to End Offender Management
Offenders who come under MAPPA arrangements within Bedfordshire and are currently serving prison sentences of 12 months or more are included in the target group for what is known as Offender Management: Phase 2, or ‘end to end’ offender management. This means that the offender has the same Offender Manager (probation officer) responsible for his or her supervision throughout the entire sentence, ensuring continuity between experience in prison and what happens after release. The involvement of the offender manager (probation officer) will usually start before sentence, with a thorough assessment of the offender, his or her needs, and the risks to the public. Details are presented to the court in the form of a probation report. After sentence, the offender manager

Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements in Bedfordshire 2006–2007

PAGE 7

Key Achievements - Continued

the work of the MAPPA locally, as these “Circles” provide a close knit support network. Their volunteers work with an offender who may be identified as especially vulnerable to re-offending, but who is living within the community. An offender may be very isolated, for example, so that this small group of volunteers, who are fully briefed about the nature of the offender’s previous behaviour, can work closely with the individual to give them support and encouragement in their attempts to resettle into the community. The volunteers also provide some extra

oversight and monitoring of the offender’s behaviour, which assists the supervising probation officer to ensure that they are keeping to the terms of their licence or court order. Bedfordshire is represented on the National Implementation Steering Group by the Public Protection Team Manager, which has enabled the Bedfordshire MAPPA to keep abreast of national developments in this area.

Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements in Bedfordshire 2006–2007

PAGE 8

4

How the MAPPA Operate Locally

On average the operational MAPPA panels meet in Luton and in Bedford on a weekly basis. The former serves Luton and South Bedfordshire, while the latter covers the rest of the county.
All meetings are chaired by the MAPPA Coordinator, a Senior Probation Officer, and each agency is represented either via a standing member or by invitation when an agency is involved in a specific case. The MAPPA Co-ordinator’s post is one which is currently jointly funded by both police and the probation area locally. The aim of the panel meeting is to provide a confidential forum for information to be exchanged about the offender, their progress, and what measures are in place for the protection of the victim, if this is needed. Each discussion ensures that up to date information is exchanged across all agencies, and suitable adaptations made to the risk management plan so that the public is protected in a sustained and ongoing way. Meetings will also identify any positive developments which will help to plan for the offender’s future supervision. The case studies below illustrate the ways in which the panels work in Bedfordshire, and the close collaboration between all agencies.

Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements in Bedfordshire 2006–2007

PAGE 9

How the MAPPA Operate Locally - Continued

CASE STUDY ONE: A violent offender
Background
A 39 year old man was due to be released from prison having served a lengthy custodial sentence for a violent offence. He had assaulted a neighbour as a result of an ongoing dispute between his family and the neighbours. The offence involved the use of a weapon, and the neighbour had effectively been held hostage in her own home for a considerable period of time. The man’s mood at the time of the offence had been very depressed, and he was diagnosed as having a severe personality disorder which was not treatable by the mental health services (assessments had been undertaken at sentence and during the course of the prison sentence, and there were plans to assess him again on release from prison).

Risk Assessment
The panel assessed that there was a risk to the neighbour and her family on release. The offender had attempted to send threatening letters to the victim and her family whilst in prison which had been intercepted by prison security staff, and passed to police. They were not sufficiently explicit to lead to further charges, but provided the panel with information regarding the offender’s state of mind and intentions towards the victim.

Risk Management
The court had imposed a 10 year Restriction Order prohibiting the offender from contacting the victim. The probation service Victim Liaison Officer had worked closely with the victim previously and with a housing association, to enable the victim and her family to move to a new location, which was highlighted on police systems. The offender was to be released from prison on a post custody licence that barred him from contact with the victim and her family. He was required to live in an Approved Premises (probation hostel) and to report to staff during the day at various times to give hostel staff the opportunity to monitor his mood during the course of each day.

Outcome
The offender complied fully with the terms of his licence for the majority of its term and showed no signs of wishing to find the victim or her family. However, while the panel had asked him to look for suitable accommodation before the end of his licence, he made no attempt to do so, and his mood began to become increasingly strange. He was assessed again by mental health services but was again diagnosed as having an untreatable personality disorder. As a consequence of his moods he became involved in a conflict with another hostel resident and was recalled to prison. The process of assessment and monitoring will begin again when he is released on licence in the future.

Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements in Bedfordshire 2006–2007

PAGE 10

How the MAPPA Operate Locally - Continued

CASE STUDY TWO: Sex offences against children
Background
A 42 year old man with a history of committing sex offences abroad was serving a UK prison sentence for fraud. He had no convictions for sex offences in Britain and was facing possible deportation. There were concerns he would commit further offences against children as he had openly stated to prison staff that he saw nothing wrong in sexual activity with children. Given his extensive contacts with known sex offenders abroad there were concerns that he would immediately abscond from the UK if he was not deported, and continue to commit offences against children.

Risk Assessment
The risk assessment concluded the offender would try to get access to children of any age to commit sexual offences regardless of the country to which he was released, and the panel had initially very limited experience of dealing with foreign authorities.

Risk Management
The panel decided to refer the case to the newly established central government agency CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) which specialises in tracking sex offenders internationally. CEOP were able to alert authorities in four countries that the offender might arrive, and ensure that the offender would be registered and tracked by the relevant authorities. If the offender was to stay in Britain, the MAPPA panel had arranged for him to be monitored closely by police because of concerns that he would leave prison and immediately go missing. Contingency plans were drawn up, which included sending him directly to an Approved Premises (probation hostel) so that he could be supervised closely.

Outcome
The offender was deported and placed on the sex offender register in that country. CEOP then reported that he had tried to make contact with a vulnerable family to obtain access to a child but had been stopped by the authorities as a direct consequence of the information that had been passed to them from Britain.

Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements in Bedfordshire 2006–2007

PAGE 11

How the MAPPA Operate Locally - Continued

CASE STUDY THREE: Sex offences against an adult
Background
A 54 year old male had committed a series of daytime rapes on adult female strangers, which were linked to consumption of alcohol. The offences took place over a number of years, and the offender had been sent to prison on each occasion, but within weeks of leaving custody had committed similar offences.

Risk assessment
Although the offender had completed the prison sex offender programmes from which he received good reports, he was untested in the community. Given his history, the panel was concerned that he might repeat his offences, despite the progress made in addressing his behaviour while in custody.

Risk Management
When the panel was first involved in the case, the offender was being considered for release on parole. The panel recommended that release was not supported prior to the offender being given a series of temporary releases to an Approved Premises (probation hostel) where he could prove he was able to resist consuming alcohol, and demonstrate that he was able to put into practice the methods he had learned from completing courses in custody. The panel proposed that release would be supported if these temporary releases were successful. The release from custody would be to a Probation Hostel. There would be conditions on the post custody licence to comply with random breathalyser tests and it would be made clear to the offender that any failure to pass these tests would result in recall to custody.

Outcome
The offender was not released as the Parole Board agreed that, given his history of offending soon after release, he needed a year of temporary releases to test his resolve. Subsequently he was released on three occasions for 48 hour periods and has passed a breathalyser test on each occasions. Police have been made aware of his temporary release, and he is required to report to probation hostel staff every two hours. If he continues to progress it is expected that he will be release on a post custody licence within the next year to a probation hostel, when similar conditions will apply.

Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements in Bedfordshire 2006–2007

PAGE 12

How the MAPPA Operate Locally - Continued

CASE STUDY FOUR: Dealing with a young offender
Background
A 17 year old youth returned to the local area having previously been in local authority care, where he assaulted his four year old brother and attacked another youth and stabbed him with a knife. With an extensive history of assaults against social workers and staff, he was extremely intimidating to professionals, and threatened to attack his worker from the Youth Offending Team, and to burn down the Youth Offending Team office.

Risk Assessment
He was assessed by the panel as a high risk to staff and members of the public, and as a child protection risk to his brother.

Risk Management
The offender had absconded from court and was wanted by police for the assault with a knife. All professionals who had dealt with him over a number of years attended a MAPPA meeting, and the police were able to compile a number of possible addresses to search in order to find him. Child protection proceedings had started but the main concern was that the offender, while on the run from police, would return home and his brother would be at risk. Arrangements were made for the family to call the police if he appeared. All professionals involved in the case were advised to call the police if he contacted them or attended their office. Police intended to block any bail application at court once he was arrested.

Outcome
One of the addresses provided at the MAPPA meeting led police to arrest the offender. Bail was refused, and he then received a lengthy custodial sentence for Grievous Bodily Harm. He remains in custody and will be referred to the MAPPA on release. It is likely that, as a young adult, he will be sent to a probation hostel, and conditions will be attached to his release forbidding any contact with his brother or the victim of the assault. Child protection proceedings can be restarted on release, should this be necessary.

Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements in Bedfordshire 2006–2007

PAGE 13

5

Statistical Information

There remains a consistent number of registered sex offenders (RSOs) in the community compared to the figures reported in 2005/06.
In terms of the MAPPA cases themselves, the figures highlight an increase in the numbers of offenders convicted for offences of violence who are managed at Level 2, since last year’s report. Locally, this appears to be linked to the implementation of the Home Office policy regarding sex offender admittance to Approved Premises (probation hostels) as referred to in Section 3 of this report. As referrals for offenders convicted of sexual offending have reduced, Approved Premises places will now be allocated to other offenders who have been convicted of different types of offences.

1. REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS (RSOs)
i. The number of registered sex offenders living in Bedfordshire on 31 March 2007 323 70

ia. The number of RSOs per 100,000 head of population ib. The number of RSOs within each Basic Command Unit (BCU) North Beds Central Luton ii. The number of sex offenders having a registration requirement who were either cautioned or convicted for breaches of the requirement, between 1 April 2006 and 31 March 2007

232 91

6 a) 0 b) 0 c) 30 a) 1 b) 0 c) 1 a) 0 b) 0

iii. The number of a) Sexual Offences Prevention Orders (SOPOs) applied for (b) interim SOPOs granted and c) full SOPOs imposed by the courts between 1 April 2006 and 31 March 2007 iv. The number of a) Notification Orders applied for (b) interim Notification Orders granted and c) full Notification Orders imposed by the courts between 1 April 2006 and 31 March 2007 The number of Foreign Travel Orders a) applied for and b) imposed by the courts between 1 April 2006 and 31 March 2007

v.

Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements in Bedfordshire 2006–2007

PAGE 14

Statistical Information - Continued

2. VIOLENT OFFENDERS AND OTHER SEXUAL OFFENDERS
vi. The number of violent and other sexual offenders (as defined by Section 327 [3], [4] and [5]) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003) living in the Area between 1 April 2006 and 31 March 2007

128

3. OTHER OFFENDERS
vii. The number of “other offenders” as defined by Section 325 (2)(b) of the Criminal Justice Act (2003) between 1 April 2006 and 31 March 2007 3

4. OFFENDERS MANAGED THROUGH MAPPA LEVEL 3 & LEVEL 2
viii. The number of MAPPA offenders in each of the three categories managed through Level 3 and through local inter-agency risk management (Level 2) between 1 April 2006 and 31 March 2007 RSO V&O Other LEVEL 3 LEVEL 2 8 34 10 65 0 3

ix. Of the cases managed at Levels 3 or 2 between 1 April 2006 and 31 March 2007, the number managed who: a) Were returned to custody for a breach of licence b) Returned to custody for a breach of a restraining order or sexual offences prevention order c) Charged with a serious sexual or violent offence 4 0 1 27 0 0

Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements in Bedfordshire 2006–2007

PAGE 15

6

Strategic Management Board
The Strategic Management Board (SMB) continues to meet on a quarterly basis, and is co-chaired by Probation and Police senior managers.
A sub-group of the SMB has been created within the last 12 months, whose role is to provide an audit and performance function for the cases being managed through the MAPPA process. This is intended to assess the effectiveness of the multi-agency contribution to the risk management of individual offenders, and to make specific recommendations of change where appropriate. The sub-group will also undertake its own review of any individual case where an offender being managed within the MAPPA process has been charged with committing a serious offence. The aim of audits such as these is to help all agencies to improve their practice in managing these offenders, reviewing the way in which agencies have worked together, and identifying good practice which can be shared across other practitioners and agencies. Members of the SMB and representatives from several core agencies have also been able to take advantage of training offered to them over the last 12 months, to assist in providing further understanding of the work of the MAPPA, and ensuring that they are better informed when assessing cases and working within the sub-group as described above. At each quarterly meeting of the SMB, members are given statistical information by the MAPPA co-ordinator on the number of offenders managed under the MAPPA process, and how many are managed at Level 2 or Level 3. Further information sharing links have been developed with the Regional Offender Manager’s office this year, and statistics will be provided to them to give an up-to-date picture of offenders in Bedfordshire and Luton. The Regional Offender Manager also plans to attend a MAPPA operational panel meeting in the near future, to see Bedfordshire panel meetings in action.

❛❛ In the past Bedford Prison considered
itself isolated in the management of risk posed by some of our more dangerous offenders... In 2003 the Prison Service became part of the Responsible Authority for MAPPA and now sit on the Strategic Management Board. We have, over a relatively short period of time, managed to forge links with other agencies... Ongoing intelligence is now more readily available to MAPPA panels.

❜❜

HMP BEDFORD

Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements in Bedfordshire 2006–2007

PAGE 16

Strategic Management Board - Continued

Working in partnership
Bedfordshire SMB has forged many strategic links with other agencies and structures to strengthen its work and information sharing across the area. The SMB provides updates on its progress and MAPPA developments via the attendance of one of the co-chairs at strategic meetings of the two Local Safeguarding Children Boards, to ensure this link remains consistent and active. Over the next 12 months, the SMB will seek to further develop and enhance this link, with presentations to the LSCB planned, and the possible develo pment of a link on the LSCB website to the work of MAPPA in Bedfordshire.

❛❛ The arrangements between the MAPPA
and Luton Youth Offending Service continue to work well. All Youth Offending Service staff are aware of risk of serious harm issues, and are proactive in using the MAPPA in appropriate cases. Level 2 panels are held at the Youth Offending Service office, chaired by the Deputy Head of Service in cooperation with the MAPPA Coordinator; while Level 3 panels are managed by the MAPPA Coordinator. These positive working relationships help to successfully protect the people of Luton. ❜❜ LUTON YOUTH OFFENDING SERVICE

Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements in Bedfordshire 2006–2007

PAGE 17

Strategic Management Board - Continued

Bedfordshire continues to benefit from advice and contributions from the Lay Advisors; who not only attend SMB meetings, but have also visited and observed panel meetings to better inform them of the work of the operational MAPPA panels, and some of the cases being managed. Over the last 12 months, both Lay Advisors spent a day reviewing a case in depth. Although not managed within the MAPPA process at the time of the offence, it was a very complex case, with considerable (25 years) multi-agency knowledge and input, and would become a MAPPA managed case after the offender was sentenced. Such detailed analysis of cases is essential if the SMB is to fulfil its audit and quality

assurance functions properly. It also serves to provide a more in-depth understanding and awareness of the complexity of the work being undertaken by those within the MAPPA operational panels. A small group of SMB representatives attended the regional East of England conference on MAPPA and its developments in March 2007. One of the Bedfordshire Lay Advisors provided an account to the conference of her own experiences of being involved in the MAPPA process as a member of the SMB, and her ideas for the development of the role in the future. Over the next 12 months, the SMB anticipates a revision of the national MAPPA guidance, which will outline further developments for the Lay Advisor role, amongst other changes.

❛❛ Prisoners can be returned to Bedford Prison towards the end of their sentence,
making the instigation of release plans more acceptable to prisoner and overseeing authority. Specific risk assessments can be formulated and put into operation at the time of release thus helping to reduce the risk posed to the general public. So we now have joined up working. We will continue to work together with our partners and self evaluate past experiences, hoping to improve and progress better working practices in the protection of the public.

❜❜
HMP BEDFORD

Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements in Bedfordshire 2006–2007

PAGE 18

7

Contact Information

Bedfordshire Probation Area Lis Pace
Director of Operations lis.pace@bedfordshire.probation.gsi.gov.uk

Address
Bedfordshire Probation Area Head Office 3 St Peter’s Street Bedford MK40 2PN

Phone
01234 213541

Chris DeSouza
MAPPA Co-ordinator chris.desouza@bedfordshire.probation.gsi.gov.uk

Bedfordshire Probation Area Head Office 3 St Peter’s Street Bedford MK40 2PN

01234 213541

Bedfordshire Police Debbie Simpson
Detective Chief Superintendent debbie.simpson@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk

Address
Bedfordshire Police Police Headquarters Woburn Road Kempston Bedford MK43 9AX

Phone
01234 842343

Force Co-ordinator

Sex & Dangerous Offenders Unit Bedfordshire Police Police Headquarters Woburn Road Kempston Bedford MK43 9AX

01234 842356

HM Prison Bedford Peter Clarke
Head of Custody

Address
HMP Bedford St Loyes Bedford MK40 1HG

Phone
01234 373011

Dave Midlane
Public Protection Officer

HMP Bedford St Loyes Bedford MK40 1HG

01234 373195

Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements in Bedfordshire 2006–2007

PAGE 19

8

Bedfordshire Area Business Plan 2007-2008

1. MAPPA Development Strategy
Objectives
a) To implement new draft guidelines

Delivery Plan

Milestones

Resource
To be identified

Outcome
Implementation of new guidelines

Progress

SMB to produce Publication of implementation new guidelines plan within three months of publication of new guidelines •1 Continue to evaluate the workload and resources match •2 SMB to fund any identified gap in resource. Publication of new guidelines (date as yet unknown)

b) To ensure MAPPA Coordination & Administration capacity is capable of adapting to new developments in national policy

Co-ordinator

SMB identify dedicated funding to support Coordinator role if more resource is required Deployment of VISOR to coordinators SMB to ensure resources available to Coordinator to effectively populate and use VISOR

Analysis of resourcing implications of any policy change

b) Full implementation of VISOR use by MAPPA team

Comply with national guidelines for deployment of VISOR across probation areas and MAPPA

Full access to VISOR for all MAPPA team members and increased access to Offender Managers

Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements in Bedfordshire 2006–2007

PAGE 20

Bedfordshire Area Business Plan 2007-2008 - Continued

2. Monitoring & Evaluation Strategy
Objectives
MAPPA SMB to: • Publish Annual Report supported by lay advisors • to monitor attendance at all level 2/3 meetings August 2007 Probation lead agency assisted by DTC agencies Quarterly report to include attendance figures Sept 2007 Probation PR officer, Lay advisors Co-ordinator and administrator. SMB members to hold their agencies to account for attendance Co-ordinator and sub group of SMB Increased public awareness of MAPPA locally •1 Improved attendance at level 2/3 meetings

Delivery Plan

Milestones

Resource

Outcome

Progress

• To audit MAPPA cases biannually against agreed audit criteria.

Development of Oct 2007 audit criteria and an agreed process for audit of cases

Specific recommendations on individual cases audited and overall improved management of MAPPA cases and inform selection of specific targets. Improved MAPPA performance against selected indicators and overall quality improvement.

• 1 to development of multi-agency public protection performance indicators

Ahead of National agreed performance indicators SMB to agree three performance indicators for 07-08 and monitor provided National performance indicators not produced in interim.

October 2007

SMB members

Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements in Bedfordshire 2006–2007

PAGE 21

Bedfordshire Area Business Plan 2007-2008 - Continued

3. Communication & Strategic Partnerships Strategy
Objectives
a) The Responsible Authority for MAPPA to revise current communication strategy.

Delivery Plan

Milestones

Resource
RA /Probation PR/ Police PR

Outcome
Public confidence agenda enhanced through publication and engagement with media of MAPPA annual reports and of local press reports. Integration of MAPPA business plan with Agency Plans.

Progress

RA sub group to Sept 2007 monitor effectiveness of current communication Strategy and revise where required.

b) Integration of MAPPA annual business plan into RA agency business plans

RA sub group to April 08 review Agency Business Plans and propose possible objectives to incorporate into RA agency business plans for 2007 -2008 Incorporation of this commitment into communication strategy July 2007

RA sub-group

e) Clear statement of commitment of SMB and operational staff to attend national conferences and disseminate good practice in their agencies

RA

Consistent dissemination of information to key operational MAPPA leaders for responsible authority, Lay Advisors and duty to co-operate agencies

Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements in Bedfordshire 2006–2007

PAGE 22

Bedfordshire Area Business Plan 2007-2008 - Continued

4. Training Strategy
Objectives
a) To update SMB agencies on new guidelines b) Attend National MAPPA Co-ordinators conference and regional MAPPA conference

Delivery Plan

Milestones

Resource
Co-ordinator

Outcome
Implementation of new guidelines MAPPA Coordinators and SMB members informed of best practice and improve local performance. Co-ordinator aware of National developments that support MAPPA.

Progress

Briefing sessions Within three for all agencies months of publication of guidelines Co-ordinator to April 2008 attend national conference: SMB members to attend regional conference

Probation Chair and Coordinator to devise training • An introduction plan for 2007to the audit 2008 process and criteria for SMB members involved in audit c) Training Strategy including : • Implications of any developments National policy

April 2007

SMB to agree training budget for MAPPA

Improved knowledge and skills of all MAPPA staff at strategic and operational levels

Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements in Bedfordshire 2006–2007

PAGE 23

Published 2007 by Bedfordshire Probation Area • 3 St Peters Street • Bedford MK40 2PN

Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements in Bedfordshire 2006–2007